"LONGHORSLEY is bounded by the parishes and chapelries of Rothbury, Framlington, Felton, Hebron, Mitford and Netherwitton. It is about 7 miles in length, and 3 in breadh, and contains both coal and limestone. The soil is generally clayey; and, though the surface is very monotonous, yet it lies high, and the air is sharp and piercing. This parish contains eight townships..." [From History, Directory, and Gazetteer, of the Counties of Durham and Northumberland, Parson and White, 1828.]

"HORSLEY (LONG), a parish in the ...county of NORTHUMBERLAND; ... comprising the townships of Bigge's Quarter, Freeholders Quarter, Longshaws, Riddle's Quarter, Stanton, Todburn, Wingates, and Witton-Shiels,....." [Samuel Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 © Mel Lockie]



  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN21 and CN27) Hartburn, Netherwitton, Longhorsley, Hebron, Mitford and Meldon (PRO piece HO107/2418 folios 1-145) (Type B) (Book) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church Records


Civil Registration

  • This area is divided between Northumberland North Second Registration District and Northumberland Central Registration District.
  • Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be ordered locally from Northumberland County Council.

Description & Travel

  • Photographs of Beacon Hill and Longshaws from Les Bell's Northumberland Cam website.
  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Longhorsley. They provide "a range of learning resource material that reflects Northumberland's heritage, providing a base for studying the County's history. The website provides a starting point for understanding the development of communities in Northumberland. It also seeks to illustrate the range of sources for family and local history research that are available via Northumberland Archives Service."
You can see pictures of Longhorsley which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Longhorsley has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • A history of the village of Wingates from the Northumberland National Park website.
  • Kristina Messier has kindly supplied her college dissertation, "Longhorsley Past and Present", which will be of great value to anyone interested in this area.
  • The history of Longhorsley Parish is included in:- Hodgson, J., History of Northumberland, Part 2, Volume 2. Newcastle, 1832. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).


  • Longhorsley - Maps - links and information.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NZ128931 (Lat/Lon: 55.231633, -1.800642), Longhorsley which are provided by:


Military Records

Longhorsley St Helen
19 Jan 1918   E. Good,  Private TR/6/7455 Leicestershire Regiment 53rd Training Reserve Bn, age 18 son of Rev. J E Good of Longhorsley [grave Spec memorial]
15 Feb 1941  Philip Maxwell Rawlinson,  Private 5950863 6th Bn Beds & Herts Regiment [grave 634]
20 Jun 1940   William Thomas Cook,  Gunner 956465 Royal Artillery 86th Herts Yeomanry, age 20 son of Charles William and Emily Cook of Croxley Green Herts [grave 629]
28 Oct 1918   J. T. P Storey,  Private 2nd Class 307652 RAF, age 22  son of Eleanor Jane and the late James Thornton Storey of Long Horsley [grave spec memorial]

Poor Houses, Poor Law